The School for Good and Evil (The School for Good and Evil, #1) by Soman Chainani

The School for Good and Evil (The School for Good and Evil, #1)

The first kidnappings happened two hundred years before. Some years it was two boys taken, some years two girls, sometimes one of each. But if at first the choices seemed random, soon the pattern became clear. One was always beautiful and good, the child every parent wanted as their own. The other was homely and odd, an outcast from birth. An opposing pair, plucked from youth and spirited away.This year, best friends Sophie and Agatha are about t...

Details The School for Good and Evil (The School for Good and Evil, #1)

TitleThe School for Good and Evil (The School for Good and Evil, #1)
Release DateMay 14th, 2013
GenreFantasy, Childrens, Middle Grade, Young Adult, Fairy Tales

Reviews The School for Good and Evil (The School for Good and Evil, #1)

  • Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
    The boys went off to fight with swords while girls had to learn dog barks and owl hoots. No wonder princesses were so impotent in fairy tales, she thought. If all they could do was smile, stand straight, and speak to squirrels, then what choice did they have but to wait for a boy to rescue them? If any book ever deserved to be Disney-fied, this would be it.This book is seriously sweet. It was just delightful. It is a middle grade "alternative" fa...
  • Regan
  • Lola
    ♫ ''Two towers like twin headsOne for the pure,One for the wicked.Try to escape you’ll always failThe only way out is Through a fairy tale...'' I would love to say that this was a cute story filled with beautiful and lovely themes like friendship, love and trust but it was actually the opposite.And it was violent. Quite violent.While I didn’t expect the story to be like that, I did enjoy it and found it very entertaining.Sophie is a princes...
  • Mitch
    I was pretty excited to read The School for Good and Evil... until I realized it was a middle grade book. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have anything against middle grade books generally, but the ones I prefer tend to be the meaningful stories starring kids with deeper themes anyone can appreciate, rather than the dumbed down, intentionally silly, or overly simplistic takes most middle grade authors choose to write instead. Still, I gave this o...
  • Becky
    [spoilers]Sooooo this is a lesson on how an amazing cover can sell even the worst book. I deeply regret buying this. Let me tell you why.At first, I read the way Good was portrayed (especially the girls) and I thought, this will be overturned. By the end, it will be revealed that these vain, catty, boy-obsessed children are actually evil. And I can't really blame them for being vain and catty, because if they aren't asked to the ball by a boy, th...
  • Natalie Monroe
    4.5 starsNow before you do anything, I want you to take a good long look at the blurb.Sounds cute, right? A re-imagining of fairytales. A Hogwarts-like school where princesses/princes and villains are trained. Two very different girls that hint at an unlikely friendship.Okay, now throw those thoughts in the lake. Go on.This book will not be anything like you imagine. Many times have I found myself questioning whether or not it should even be clas...
  • Jessi ♥️ H. Vojsk
    “She had always found villains more exciting than heroes. They had ambition, passion. They made the stories happen. Villains didn't fear death. No, they wrapped themselves in death like suits of armor!” Story ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Did you ever wish you were part of a fairy tale like Snow White or Cinderella? Yes? Than that’s the perfect book for you. Every four years two children are kidnapped from Gavaldon and disappear. This year the mysterious...
  • Reynita Maharani ★ The Night Reader ★
    REVIEW TO COME TOMORROWSecond Read Review : THE REVIEW IS POSTED "For he looked into your hearts and saw something very rare. Pure Good and Pure Evil." this book was recommended to me by my big sister, she said that this book was good and she thought I would like it and I should tried reading it but that time I hated reading novels for no apparent reason. I just hated so I just ignored her recommendation until February 2015. I don't remember the...
  • emma
    AFGHASDFGASHDF THIS BOOK. I’ve never been more emotionally unstable in my life. Far from true, but still. I’m torn up inside. love the premise of it so much it hurts me to try to put it into words. But I will suffer through this pain for you.So, The School for Good and Evil focuses on Sophie and Agatha. Sophie is beautiful, shallow, and a bit of a snob. Agatha is ugly, insecure, and very kind. They liv...
  • Maureen
    This might even be a 4.5/5 stars. I really really enjoyed this a lot - the anti fairy tale thing is so well done and just SO GOOOOOD. Love the characters love everything LOVE.
  • Riley
    3.5Overall I enjoyed this book. The story was really fun and I liked the way the author played around with fairytale tropes. But what killed it for me was the pacing. It took forever to read because I would read 50 pages but it would feel like 200. And the plot switched between moving too fast and too slow. I will continue with the next book though since I am invested in the characters but I think I will listen to it on audio because reading this...
  • Tabitha
    Prepare for a breaking of the heart, twisting of the spirit and warping of any illusions you have about Good and Evil!Read my Interview with the Author @ Not Yet Read and see the FanArt Dolls my sister made!The School for Good and Evil, it sounds like a light breezy read doesn't it? What it really is *flabbergasted for the right word* is well, downright MAGNIFICENT! I haven't loved a book so much in a very long time, and I devour books like a man...
  • Cait • A Page with a View
    I'm not sure if this would lean towards YA or middle grade (it did get a bit more violent and complex than what I was expecting), but it's a fun story any age could enjoy! Basically, there's a school that kidnaps kids and trains them to be villains or heroes in fairy tales.The story reminded me of Storybound, while Sophie and Agatha reminded me a lot of Glinda and Elphaba from Wicked! Sophie's shallow, judgemental, and entirely focused on craftin...
  • Jessie (Ageless Pages Reviews)
    Read This Review & More Like It On My Blog!First of all, if the awesome book trailer for The School of Good and Evil is what created an interest in Chainani's fiction debut, all I can tell you is this: (Even watching that trailer now, after the fact, I am excited and impressed. And then I remember. And then woe.)The book sadly doesn't live up to the awesomeness that advertised it. I'm not even a fan of book trailers, but the promotion department ...
  • Liz
    So, again, I had a feeling about this book. Before even starting it I knew I'd like it, probably even love it. And it proved me right. "Agatha, you dressed as a bride for Halloween.""Weddings are scary." It's impossible for me to dislike a character after such a statement. From the very first page I was sucked into the magical realm of the School for Good and Evil and it didn't let me go until the very last word. Sophie is a princess at heart. S...
  • Barb Middleton
    "Now I see why you two are friends," the prince says to the main characters Sophie and Agatha.But... wait! I want to raise my hand and ask, "Tell me why they are friends!"This is a problem considering the story hinges on this main point. While Sophie and Agatha are supposedly the best of friends, the character development doesn't show how this happens. When Agatha and Sophie first meet, Sophie isn't Agatha's friend and she says so; she realizes S...
  • Robin (Bridge Four)
    Kindle deal for a limited time 02May18 $1.99 on AmazonOnce upon a time a girl dreamt of being kidnapped….Wait..What? Every four years two children from the village are taken away, whisked off to a school where they learn how to be in a fairy tale. One of the children could end up a hero while the other is destined to be the villain. Sophie is sure that once she is taken she will get to find her prince and her happily ever after. She has even fo...
  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    WOW. That turned into a real roller coaster ride at the end. I'm flabbergasted. Need to start the second book ASAP!
  • Jessica
    Impressive world-building, bogged down by so. much. plot. They tried to escape umpteen times. The Good and Evil sides faced off another umpteen times (but someone would always back down). The ending went on and on, with magical and physical battles as well as riddle and prophecy solving. It needed an editor to rein it in very badly. Many of the minor characters were interchangeable, as were the teachers. I had trouble remembering which of the tea...
  • Inge
    "Who needs princes in our fairy tale?"I'm going to kick my past self for never picking up this book when I've wanted to read it for so long. Look at all the fun I missed out on! This was SO good.
  • Sanaa
    [4 Stars] Well that was a whirlwind of an adventure if I ever read one! It was fun, hilarious at times, gruesome and shocking, and also just action packed and heart wrenching. I'm still trying to figure out what exactly Chainani is trying to say in this. I get that the main message is that good and evil are more shades of grey than anything else, and it also emphasizes the importance of friendship. But there are certain things that happen in this...
  • Maddie
  • Giselle
    Adorable and adventurous, The School for Good and Evil is a fun escape from reality. When beautiful Sophie and weird Agatha end up in the wrong school - perfect Sophie can't be evil now, can she? - they're determined to fix this unforgiving mistake. This is a magical adventure through and through; the book is set at this School of Good and Evil, a wonderfully imaginative school that trains future fairy tale characters. Meaning when you graduate, ...
  • Emma
    I was searching for a middle grade book with complicated characters and interesting themes; that is exactly what I found in The School for Good and Evil. Friendship is one of the things this book focusses on most. Agatha and Sophie look like a pair that no one would expect, but their bond continually survives all the obstacles thrown at them. Ultimately it is what's most important in their lives.My favorite part of this book was the question pose...
  • Trisha (The Tea Reader)
    This book was great, this book takes a unique spin on classic fairy tales and how their viewed. This is shown well with the two main characters Sophie and Agatha, based on what a classic princess and villain should look like dictates that Sophie "the princess" and Agatha "the villain" but toys with expectations based on appearance. Something that I really liked about this book is the strong friendship between the two main female characters, also ...
  • Nima Kohandani
    چهار و نیم از پنجاخیراً واقعاً دارم کتاب های خوبی میخونم! کتاب دیگری که به قفسه ی مورد علاقه هام اضافه شدمن عاشق این کتاب شدم!چقدر دلم تنگ شده بود برای این فضا. فضای کاملاً فانتزی با چارچوب و ساختارهای یک فانتزی کاملاً کلاسیکدر نگاه اول هری پاتری و تق...
  • Carol
    ****MASSIVE SPOILER ALERT*******okay don't say I didn't warn you***The School for Good and Evil has a great premise: Sophie desperately wants to get out of the tiny village where she lives. Every four years two children are kidnapped from this village, one Good and one Evil, to go to the School for Good and Evil that prepares them to take their part in fairy tales. Sophie wants to be a princess, and win her prince. While everyone else in the vill...
  • Faye, la Patata
    Once upon a time, in a land far away…How many times have we seen our dear, precious stories from childhood start that way? How many times have we read about beautiful princesses, tricked by a witch, or a goblin, or other nasty creatures, and eventually saved by the prince and lived a "Happily Ever After"? How many times have we wished for our own fairy tale ending, to have our own prince swoop us up and run off towards the horizon?I, for one, d...
  • সালমান হক
    হযারি পটারের সাথে আমি খুব কমই কোন বই এর তুলনা করি। কারণ মিডল গরেড/ইয়াং এডালট ফযানটাসী জগতের সুপারসটার রাওলিং লেখনী আর কলপনা শকতির সাথে খুব কমই তুলনা চলে। কিনতু "The School for Good and Evil"...
  • Julie Zantopoulos
    This was a super fast and fun read for me. I really enjoyed a bit of a spin in the fairytale world that we know and the origins of some of the fairy tales by seeing the childhood life they could have led. I got so invested in Agatha's growth while simultaneously wanting to drop kick Sophie. So, kudos to the author there! I cried at the gargoyle and gasped at The Beast! I wanted to beat up a fictional character at The Ball...if you've read it you ...